The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Executive Stephen Maddock has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for his services to music, particularly in the West Midlands.

Stephen Maddock joined the CBSO in 1999, shortly after Sir Simon Rattle stood down as Music Director, and since that time has developed a particular strength in nurturing the talents of young conductors. He discovered 28-year-old Andris Nelsons and supported him as he rose to prominence as one of the world’s greatest conductors while he was CBSO Music Director. Recently, working alongside musicians from the orchestra, he has overseen the appointment of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as Nelsons’ successor - a musical relationship which has already attracted global acclaim. He has also created an Assistant Conductor programme to kick-start the careers of promising young conductors.

More broadly, in his 17 years at the CBSO Maddock has maintained and enhanced the Orchestra’s world-class tradition of artistic excellence, expanded the orchestra’s reach and impact within the community, and strengthened its financial position in spite of challenging reductions in public funding. He has also served as a tireless leader within Birmingham and the arts sector through a range of board appointments and voluntary roles.

Born in Lichfield, Stephen Maddock went to school in Sussex, and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford. After three years with BBC Radio 3 he worked as Administrator of the BBC Proms before joining the CBSO. He is currently a Board Director of Marketing Birmingham, a trustee of the Henry Barber Trust and a founding member of the Culture Central board. He is also one half of the Midlands team on BBC Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz. He is married with two teenage children.

Stephen Maddock commented: “I am genuinely astonished and humbled to be receiving this honour, and I am very clear that this is primarily a reflection on the dedicated team effort represented by the CBSO and its wider musical family – our brilliant musicians, staff, trustees, volunteers, choruses, youth orchestra, conductors, sponsors, donors, public funders and our loyal audiences do an absolutely wonderful job in giving great joy through music, and sustaining the CBSO as a world-class orchestra for the 21st century. I am delighted to accept this honour on behalf of all the CBSO’s stakeholders.”

Bridget Blow, Chair of CBSO said: “We are delighted that Stephen’s dedication and contribution to music in the West Midlands has been recognised. The CBSO is a flagship musical organisation in the region and Stephen has played an integral role in its success over the past seventeen years, enhancing its excellence and pushing the boundaries of an orchestra’s work in order to ensure it is relevant to the widest possible audience. In addition to his work leading the CBSO Stephen is also a passionate advocate for the wider cultural offer in Birmingham and the West Midlands region”.


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